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The week ahead in traffic, transit

The shutdown of McPherson Square and Farragut West stations and the Orange and Blue lines at Metro Center is the big news of the day. Normal service is expected to resume for Tuesday's morning commute. Metro says the work, which includes replacing rail switches and old track, is on schedule. Shuttle buses are bridging the gap, but you may be better off walking between some downtown destinations. Otherwise, you should plan on trips taking 40 minutes longer. Metro reports that about 65,000 people had used the shuttles through Sunday.

Complete details on the closure
Shuttle bus details

Other Metrorail work
Red Line: Work on the crumbling platform at Rockville Station continues this week. Metro will single-track trains from 10 p.m. until closing through Thursday. However, trains are single-tracking in the area today. Add at least 30 minutes to trips between Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations.

Riders between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travels after 10 p.m. each night through Thursday. Crews are rebuilding portions of the track in those areas as part of the Red Line rehabilitation project.

Blue Line: Riders traveling between Stadium-Armory and Addision Road stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time from 10 p.m. through closing through Thursday. Crews are replacing supports beneath the tracks.

Blue/Yellow lines: Riders traveling between Braddock Road and Pentagon City stations should add 30 minutes from 10 p.m. to closing on Tuesday. Crews will be welding new rails onto the tracks.

'Transformers 3'
Filming for the movie begins this week in the D.C. area. Sites include the Air Force Memorial and the National Mall. There are street closures and parking restrictions in effect.

Arlington Transit
ART is operating on a Saturday schedule today on Routes 41, 42, 51, and 87. No other ART routes are in service.

Dulles Metrorail Project
Be alert for lane shifts scheduled to take effect on Route 7 between the Dulles Toll Road and Route 123 in Tysons Corner.
-- From Spring Hill Toad to Tyco Road, starting Monday night.
-- At Westpark Drive, starting Wednesday.

The lanes are being shifted as Route 7 is widened to accommodate construction of two of the new Metro stations for the extension to Dulles International Airport.

Expect daytime delays along the Dulles Connector Road, Leesburg Pike and DOlley Madison Boulevard.

Expect closures Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. on I-66 West from the Dulles Connector Road to Leesburg Pike for work on the piers that will support elevated portions of the rail extension.

Hunters Mill Road will be closed at the Dulles Toll Road between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. through Friday. Be alert for detours that will take you to Sunset Hills Road, Wiehle Avenue and Sunrise Valley Drive.

Beltway HOT lanes
Expect occasional closures throughout the project area between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. Be alert for detours and police, who will be stationed throughout the work area.

Telegraph Road
Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
-- The left lane of Telegraph Road northbound between Huntington Avenue and Duke Street will be closed.
-- The left lane of Telegraph Road southbound between Duke Street and Huntington Avenue will be closed.
-- The Telegraph Road northbound ramp to I-95/I-495 South will be closed. To detour, take Telegraph Road northbound to the Eisenhower Avenue exit ramp to Eisenhower Avenue westbound to the Eisenhower Connector.

-- Compiled by the Post's transportation team. E-mail comments and questions to transportation@washpost.com.

By Michael Bolden  | October 11, 2010; 9:20 AM ET
Categories:  Congestion, Construction, Driving, Metro  
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